The feminization of boys in search for gender equality
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|Thu, 11-17-2011 - 1:44pm|
I have seen quite a few articles about the feminization of boys that has allegedly occured in our society over the past generation or so. I've seen articles on what "real men" would do/wouldn't do as compared to 'metro' men (it was a satire about manscaping etc, but the author of the book was serious) and I've seen articles about European countries where there is such a push for gender equity that all children are to be socialized the same. They even refused to use the pronouns 'he' and 'she' in this daycare/school that the article was about. What do you ladies think? Do you believe that we have overfeminized boys in our culture of the modern day?
I find this an interesting topic of discussion. I am more than happy that as a woman I have the right to choose things for myself. I am happy that the women's lib. movement occured. However, I do think it had unforseen consequences. Now it isn't considered the thing to do to stay home and raise your kids and our society makes it nearly unaffordable regardless. A dual income household is what we are built on now. I'm also happy to teach my son some skills that I know, like sewing, when he gets larger. However, am I going to encourage him to play with barbies? No, probably not. He wants a Barbie camper (my parents have a camper and he thinks it is awesome) but I won't buy it for him I think because it's just a little too much in my mind. I know he doesn't see it as a girls' toy or anything, but I personally can't bring myself to buy it for him knowing that it's a Barbie toy. I don't know. My husband is very much a man's man and I always found that attractive. For me I try to raise my boys to be open to different things and people but I think there are differences in the sexes. I think to nurture against those differences is odd.
For example, we had some little girls over to play a few months ago. Daley naturally wanted to play pirates or cars and the girls just looked at him like he was crazy. They wanted to play dolls or teacher. They ended up making Daley be a student, and then a dog in a dog pound lol :) It just illustrated how different the two sexes can be. They have different imaginations and inclinations, I think. Anyway, I know that rambled but I'm interested to see what you all have to say.